The San Francisco 49ers face off against the Arizona Cardinals, and that means Michael Crabtree gets to square off against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals secondary. We all know the success he has had against Peterson, and that secondary, but let's put it into numbers.
In eight career games against the Cardinals, Crabtree has 41 receptions for 618 yards and four touchdowns. In the five games Crabtree and Peterson have both been on the field (Crabtree was injured during their first game last year), Crabtree has 30 receptions for 456 yards and four touchdowns.
Crabtree was a bit slow out of the gates this season in Week 1 due to a calf injury, finishing with 2 receptions for 25 yards.. Heading into Week 2, Greg Roman said Crabtree was 100 percent. He seemed to be in much better shape for the Bears game, and finished with 7 receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown.
This week Crabtree gets his return engagement with Arizona, which bodes well for the 49ers and for fantasy owners. Crabtree and Anquan Boldin are the 49ers top two threats, and over the course of the last year they have been on the field together, they seem to alternate big performances.
They were both on the field for the regular season finale last season, and Boldin had the big game. Boldin finished with 9 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown, while Crabtree finished with 3 receptions for 29 yards. Colin Kaepernick targeted him eight times, but as we saw during the final part of last season, Crabtree was not 100 percent. I would not be surprised to see Crabtree put up a big number on Peterson.
This offseason, we heard plenty of chatter about whether Peterson or Sherman is the best cornerback in the league. Michael Crabtree gets four games against the two of them. Hopefully he can quite down the chatter at least a little bit.